With the current trend today of buying “tracks” instead of albums (or even CD’s), the current generation misses out on something.
It’s the song that never makes the airwaves, never gets picked up by a major national or international brand for their latest ad, never gets played on tour. There are a lot of gems that never make the airwaves.
Maybe that’s why U2 is giving their entire new album away on iTunes, instead of just their first single.
I don’t know about you, but some of my favourite songs over the years have been the ones that never became “hits.”
And this brings me to a song I heard just the other day.Ever heard of Billy Joel?
He’s most famous for songs like, “Piano Man,” “You May Be Right,” and “Only the Good Die Young.”
I dusted off an old Billy Joel CD I found in a closet the other day. The album, 52nd Street, is more popular for songs like “Big Shot,” “My Life,” and “Honesty.”
And still, the song that caught my ear was Track number 6:
It’s not the tune that gets you. It’s the STORY.
The song is about a musician, early in his career. And if you listen, as a business owner or entrepreneur, you understand what those early days are like:
“The work is hard to find
But that don’t get me down
It goes on to describe the hard work, the long nights, the sacrifices he has to make to pursue his dream and reach his dream:
“I’ve got a chance to make it,
It’s time for me to take it,
I’ll be home before the fire dies,
in Rosalinda’s eyes.”
If you’re like most of the business owners in our community, you’re past the point of those long days and nights, grinding it out, waiting for your chance to “make it.”
For most of us, we spent a lot of our time during that phase looking forward, wishing for the day when we’d finally make it pay off. And even today, it’s so easy to get caught up in that constant, forward-looking point of view. While this is one of our greatest assets – looking ahead, anticipating changes, planning our moves, it’s also the kind of thing that causes us to lose sight of what got us to where we are today.
Who was your Rosalinda?
Who was right alongside you, sharing in the sacrifice to help you reach your dream?
Who supported you, believed in you before anyone else did?
When is the last time you thanked that person and told them how much their support meant, and how much it meant to you then and how much you appreciate it – even today?
Here’s what you may want to do… reach out to them. And just say thanks.
It maybe a close family member, friend, coach, or mentor.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Just a phone call, or a quick, simple, hand-written note.
You may want to let them know, how much their support, words of encouragement and their belief in you, meant to you. They are sure to be delighted to hear, how it helped and why.
Gratitude and appreciation is a powerful gift for the giver and the receiver.
I’d love to hear how it goes.
To your happiness and success,
PS. I used to think that this was a story about Billy Joel’s girlfriend. I recently found out that it was inspired by his mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel…sadly, his mum passed away on July 13th of this year.
A visionary entrepreneur, Karen founded Universal Stars (formerly Universal Events) in 1994. Her mission is to inspire people and companies to grow, through bringing them live events featuring more than 100 of the world’s top speakers on business and success. A graduate of UNSW (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology), her passion is to educate and inspire people to be the best they can be. Karen delights her clients with her unique blend of enthusiasm, inspiration, charm, care, wisdom and generosity.